Weathered Black Cherry with 1950s Coffee Inlay Wood Ring- Rustic And Main

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  • Regular price $195.00


 

*Please allow 6-8 weeks for shipping due to the made to order nature of these rings. We also highly recommend having your ring sized professionally if you do not know it. For a $55 priority fee, we can put a rush on the order. Simply put a note in "instructions to seller" or email us at shop@thevintagegentlemen.com and we can invoice you for the additional priority fee.

The Story Behind The Ring

The black cherry wood used in this ring comes from a 35+ foot tall black cherry tree that came down in the owner's of Rustic and Main's back yard. They cut it in lengths of about 6 feet, sealed the ends with wax, and let it cure for over a year. Afterwards, they split the logs into quarters and let them dry in their shed. They have had a lot of good use from that old cherry tree and now its wood makes its way into these rings.

Weathering the wood is done via an old process, whereby the wood is dipped in water mixed with ferrous sulfate, the same stuff often used as a mineral supplement. The mixture reacts to the tannins in the wood, turning them silver, gray, or dark gray, creating a permanent color change in the wood that is unique to each piece.

Coffee - Yes, that's right! Coffee...in a ring!

This design was originally conceived for a friend of Rustic And Main who owns a coffee shop. They used beans from the friend's store in the ring they created for him, but the coffee used in future rings is a bit more unique. They were able to obtain an unopened Hills Bros coffee can from 1952. The coffee inside was still fresh (they really knew how to make stuff back then) and has a great vintage story.

Coffee Rationing

Though we can enjoy coffee in an endless stream today, this has not always been the case. Coffee rationing in WWII began in 1942 - families could only get one pound every five weeks - and the rationing didn't end until 1946. There were a few reasons for this. Firstly, the GI's needed coffee in the field. Secondly, German U-boats were sinking boats with coffee shipments from Brazil making coffee hard to get.

Rationed coffee was packaged in glass containers, which were not only reusable, but also saved precious tin resources for the troops. That this coffee could be purchased in a can was a sign that the war had ended.

For us, the idea of an unopened can of coffee sitting in the back of someone's pantry for so many years is a reminder of the frugality of that great generation which was permanently impressed upon them during the war.